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Re: When was this bunny born?

Posted: Sat Aug 06, 2011 10:44 am
by gizmojack
That steam-roller is cool!!! Mr. Cowboy's color doesn't do alot for me??? Kinda blah I guess. Thanks for showing a couple though. Guess I have a new, "Search for the CJ Holy Grail"!!! (I'm not a church goer so may have spelled that wrong?)
GJ out.....!

Re: When was this bunny born?

Posted: Fri Oct 19, 2012 9:57 am
by Donovan
jdnola wrote:Your rabbit from the Plastic Molded Products Co. apparently is from 1949. Though records don't specifically indicate the year of distribution, prizes from just before and just after the rabbits are from 1949, so this is probably the right date. Nice one you have there, beautifully marbled, which seems to be a genetic trait for this particular "Greek" rabbit. The details that good scans reveal never cease to amaze me; the artists really didn't have to go to so much trouble, but did anyway. I like to think they were really enjoying exploring the possibilities of the relatviely new injection molding procress. I forgot that most of these are marked.

I picked up several of these rabbits in lots of plastic prizes.

I'm curious about the statement above regarding the distribution records of specific prizes. Where could these records be viewed at? Does anyone have a list of prize distribution for the late 40's, early 50's?

Re: When was this bunny born?

Posted: Sat Oct 20, 2012 11:22 am
by Luke
I'm not sure what records JD is talking about, but I do have a bunny with a spike in it's head.
(Actually, I have seen some records from the Cracker Jack vault that list prizes, but I don't know how complete it is)
My bunny was stabbed in the head!

Re: When was this bunny born?

Posted: Sun Nov 04, 2012 12:52 pm
by Donovan
Here are the "bunnies" that I've accumulated. I noticed that there are two distinct castings. You'll notice that one has a much thicker base. These two are facing right. The four thin base are facing left. They seem to be the same overall height however.

Other differences are:

Thick base: CJCO on right side
Thin base: CJCO on left side

Thick base: Thicker vertical lines on base.
Thin base: Thinner vertical lines on base

Thick base: short ears
Thin base: long ears

Thick base: large tail
Thin base: small tail

Thick base: large eye with long line
Thin base: small eye with short line

The overall body shape and front paw shape is slightly different also. I put the castings back-to-back to better show the differences.

I wonder if records show different companies making these, or if there were two distinct periods of issue.


Re: When was this bunny born?

Posted: Mon Nov 26, 2012 2:07 am
by Jeffrey Maxwell

Now THAT is the sort of information I love to learn. That is the sort of thing I used to do with alphabet prizes. I have never noticed these differences before. Now I have to go look at mine and see what variations I have.


Your "unicorn" bunny is interesting. The spike is part of the plastic "tree" from which the part was molded in the injection molding process. It is not unusual to find toys with extra plastic on them, but it is unusual to find a Cracker Jack prize to have this much extra. It would be awesome to learn the provenance of this item.

Best Regards,

Re: When was this bunny born?

Posted: Mon Nov 26, 2012 7:09 am
by Luke

Alex has a bunny identical to mine, except for the coloring. We have a thread called Cracker Jack prize with a little something extra where we posted plastic pieces with extra bits hanging off of them.

Re: When was this bunny born?

Posted: Wed Nov 28, 2012 11:13 pm
by Donovan
Here's another good pic of the difference from an ebay auction.